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Dr. Orlando Rutherford Ruschmeyer

27 febrero , 192516 octubre , 2021
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Dr. Orlando Rutherford Ruschmeyer, age 96, of Lauderdale, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Orlando was born February 27, 1925 in Stewart, MN.

Dr. Orlando Ruschmeyer was the first in his family to attend college and complete his PhD. He received his degrees in Microbiology, Environmental Health and Public Health. He had an influential teaching career as an assistant professor at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Public Health from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. Dr. Ruschmeyer was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. An invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa recognizes and honors exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences. Dr. Ruschmeyer was chosen three times as "Outstanding Professor" by graduate students in the School of Public Health. Prior to his teaching position, he served in the Air Force and was a proud WWII veteran. His was the radio operator on a B17 Bomber and he flew his first mission at age 18. They frequently flew supplies in the areas of Northern Africa and Middle East. His military service allowed him to travel and see many parts of the world that may have otherwise remained unknown to him.

He had a great respect for the environment, and he enjoyed time spent at the family cabin in Northern Minnesota. Orlando enjoyed cross country skiing and frequented the U of MN golf course and County parks. He had skied every County park in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, earning a 50 kilometer patch which he displayed on his ski jacket. Ice fishing, ice hockey, hunting, fishing, gardening, learning and reading were all favorite past times. He never stopped learning, and never stopped teaching.

Dr. Ruschmeyer was proud of his beautiful family and intelligent students. He loved Charlie Chaplin films, Benny Hill Shows, and the TV Show "Cheers". He was always happy to spend time with family, especially connecting with relatives in Germany and tracing the family tree. He loved eating freshwater fish he caught himself, as well as salmon, sardines and smoked cisco. Other favorites include shish kebabs and dinner at House of Wong, ice cream, angel food cake, watermelon and lemon merengue pie. He was always ready to read a bed time story to his kids, or set up the electric train and play for hours. His story telling capabilities were enhanced by his teaching experience, making every story captivating. He was honored to receive an Ojibwe Indian name: Waase Giizhik. This name translated means "moon shining through the cedars".

Dr. Ruschmeyer was involved with many organizations: VFW, American Society of Microbiology, U of MN Retirees Association, U of MN Alumni Association, National Association for Amateur Radio Operators, Air Force Association, and the American Legion. He supported the following: National Parks and Rivers, National Geographic Society, Environmental Defense Fund, American Indian Education Fund, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, American Red Cross Disaster Action, American Heart Association, Union of Concerned Scientists, SW Indian Relief Council, M.A.D.D., Science Museum of MN, and the Minnesota Historical Society, to name a few of the worthy causes he believed in.

Some memorable trips include our adventures to many of our National Parks. With a love of the outdoors and the environment, he made it his mission to instill a great respect for our natural world in his kids. He was so well-read, and had a curiosity about everything. His book collection was his pride and joy. Even after retirement, he found interesting newspaper articles to share, or television programs he thought everyone should view.

He will be deeply missed - especially his sense of humor, his laugh, his encyclopedic mind, and his unconditional love; we will cherish the special time we spent together enjoying his stories, his diverse knowledge of the world, and his ability to lend a helping hand wherever needed, his friendship as a person and as a father, who was always willing to reconcile. We will miss his knowledge of everything in nature, grouse hunting and walking trails in the woods, the explanations and discussions of science that can be applied to everyday things. He was creative and spontaneous, and could always make us laugh.

He is preceded in passing by his father, Adolph Henry Ruschmeyer; mother, Gertrude Minne Ruschmeyer (Sell); sister, Darnelle Elaine Hendrix (Ruschmeyer) and her husband Samuel Hendrix, M.D.; brothers-in-law, David Lee Beck and Roger Earl Peterson; sisters-in-law, Dolores Digerness (Tow) and her husband, Reverend Berdell Digerness; nieces, Mary Kay Peterson, Karen Lee Sorenson (Beck) and her husband, Paul Sorenson.

Orlando's Legacy will Live On through his loving wife of seventy years, Gloria Helen Ruschmeyer (Tow); daughter, Ann Louise Donovan (Ruschmeyer) and her husband, Lawrence "Larry"; son, James Kenneth Ruschmeyer; sisters, Donna Marie Mills (Ruschmeyer) and husband James, and their sons, William John Mills (Linda) and Michael James Mills; sister, Elna Mae "Tynee" Peterson (Ruschmeyer) and daughter, Nancy Ann (Peterson) and husband Steve; sister-in-law, Virginia Rae Carlson (Tow) and husband Ralph, and Virginia's children, David Russell Beck (Valentine), Raymond Carl Beck (Cindy), Barbara Ann Clausen (Beck) and husband David Clausen; nephews, Samuel Hendrix Jr. and John Digerness; nieces, Kathleen Hendrix, Shirley Allen (Hendrix) and husband, Deborah McDermott (Digerness) and husband Joel, Mary Weber (Digerness) and husband Reverend Karl, Sarah Hasse (Digerness) and husband Steve; and countless numbers of extended family members, friends, colleagues and students.

Join us to Celebrate Orlando's Life on Monday, November 8th, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St Anthony Blvd NE, Minneapolis. Visitation will start at 11:30 am, service at 12:30 and interment to follow at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the University of Minnesota Environmental Health Sciences Fund at the following link: http://makingagift.umn.edu/give/fund.html?id=17076 .

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Ruschmeyer family.

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Steven Heiskary

11 noviembre , 2021

Dr. Ruschmeyer was my graduate advisor from 1977-1978. I would attribute much of my success in grad school and later at work at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to his guidance. After graduation he would periodically check in with me via a phone call or random visit to our office. One question was a part of every conversation “How many kilometers did you ski this winter.” I’m sure he’ll be missed by many.
Steve Heiskary
MS 1978
MPCA Research Scientist, retired

Robert Sterner

9 noviembre , 2021

I was sorry to learn through DJ Rhode of Dr. Ruschmeyer's passing. I never met Orlando, but I knew of him through the studies he and Ted Olson performed on Lake Superior in the 1950s. These are incredibly valuable works because there is hardly any other recorded information about the lake in that era. His and Olsen's contributions will continue to be used for years. Deep condolences from the Large Lakes Observatory and the Lake Superior research community.

Ann Donovan

26 octubre , 2021

Mom and Dad celebrated a 70th Anniversary this year!

Jim Ruschmeyer

25 octubre , 2021

Dear Dad,
Thank you for all the things I learned from you. I could not possibly ask for a better person to give the guidance and confidence you gave to me. You were the source of answers for things I did not understand. You showed me that having a broad spectrum of interests made life more enjoyable.

You sparked my interest in outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, and hunting. I enjoyed the many hikes and rides grouse hunting at the lake we made with great success. I enjoyed the clay target shooting in the gravel pit too. I'll always remember that you could shoot my own rifle better than I could, beating my best shots at the targets. Your Air Force training may have given you the edge.

I remember you taking me skiing at the golf course after dinner on nights with a full moon. I can still see the snow crystals glimmering like diamonds as we went cross-country on the trail.

And ice fishing for sunfish and crappies.

You taught me to drive the car at a young age..so much fun.

I remember building things with you like the sheds up north at the cabin, it was a lot fun to do these projects with you and very satisfying when we finished them. You always knew the proper way to do the task at hand.

I still remember the time I was out in winter replacing a water pump in my truck and you came out and held the light for me to help. You came out there without me asking, into the freezing cold to help and stayed there till things were done.

I really feel I learned more at home from you than I did at school, you would point out the different trees, animals and birds and tell me the names and facts about each one.

So many things you helped me learn about, I can not say thank you enough for how you contributed to my life, learning and to my understanding of thing's.

I LOVE you Dad and I will FOREVER miss you....my dad, my best friend, the one who was always there for his family.

I have an infinitely huge void in my life from your absence.
Love,
Jim








Ann Donovan

25 octubre , 2021

Dad, there are no words to adequately describe how much Jim and I will miss you. You have been a part of both of our lives for so long, it's just impossible to think about not being able to talk with you whenever we want to. You always gave good, sound advice if you were asked. You nurtured our common sense and moral character, as well as a sense of discipline from within. You inspired imagination and curiosity in us from an early age. Your encouragement and your praise were worth more than gold. You were a WONDERFUL, deeply involved father which was an incredible blessing, and the greatest gift any child could receive. We were so fortunate to have you as our Dad, and we will always carry your memories with us in our hearts. Rest in Peace

Larry Donovan

25 octubre , 2021

Ole was a one-in-a-million person. We spent long evenings talking of world events, He was constantly (in a good way) testing my knowledge of German, both written and oral. He loved to talk about Golden Gopher sports, especially football and hockey. One of the fondest memories I have was when he joined me and my Dad for a MN vs Ohio state football game. The Gophers lost by a ton, but it was so good to have two of the most important men in my life together and having a good time. I will miss settling all the world's problems after a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I will forever treasure the time we had together, and the greatest gift he gave me, the hand of his lovely daughter in marriage. I will miss the partnership of love he had with my mom-in-law, Gloria. I will miss the great joy he bestowed on Ann and Jim. People talk about "one-in-a-million," . . . well, I knew one!

To Peterson

19 octubre , 2021

I miss visits with Ole, and exchanging letters on subjects regarding flying and gardening. He was a brilliant man willing to share his knowledge or ask questions in his endless quest to learn more. On more than one occasion Ole shared with me boxes of WWII aviation magazines , an interest we shared.

I wonder what it must have been like for a kid from a small town in Minnesota to answer his countries call and a few short months later find himself in a far corner of the globe, in harms way, to help defend the world against tyrants. Ole was a proud member of the greatest generation. He will be missed.
Ole had a life well lived.

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Born in Stewart, MN
Football player and Valedictorian for his High School class

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Born in Stewart, MN
Football player and Valedictorian for his High School class

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Orlando joined the Army Air Force after graduation from High School.

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He trained to become a Radio Operator and flew missions in a B-17 during WWII. He saw Italy, Hungary, Egypt and other areas in north Africa on his supply runs.

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After the war ended, Orlando returned to Minnesota and began studying at the University of Minnesota.

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He met Gloria Helen Tow in a class they both enrolled in. He and Gloria married in 1951.

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The first grandchild, Ann, arrived in 1956 for the Ruschmeyer family.

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Ole and Gloria welcomed their son, James, in 1956.

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Orlando graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University and completed his Masters and PhD. He was offered a position as Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health.